Segregation By Any Other Name

Apparently, the Toronto District School Board is considering black-focused schools. They’re waiting for a staff report and will have two public meetings about starting an elementary school with an emphasis on black teachers, black students, and teaching black heritage. Which heritage though? Caribbean? African? Which Caribbean? Which African? The various islands and countries don’t like being mistaken one for the other, just like European countries don’t.

I have one word for this idea: Segregation.

Wait a sec, I hear the ones all for it saying, this will help enfranchise the community. I have a saying back: “The [false gods] and their worshippers did not discriminate wisely between these two. Confusion came upon them as they debated, and so they chose the Worst Mind.” (Yasna 30:6) In other words, you can rationalize anything and make it look pretty.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mark Dowling (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Oh you poor deluded fool. Don’t you know that in the land of McGuinty, funding jewish schools is segregation and catholic schools not. Similarly, funding white-only schools is racist and funding black-only schools is progressive.

  2. alden (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    Ethnic vs Religous and White vs Black? A little bit different from each other don’t ya think.

    Black focussed schools in my mind is progress for a long time disenfranchised community. The issue i believe here is, is it okay for the goverment to help fund an ethnic school for a community, who’s heriatage and history has been shun from it’s own education system. If a mojority of the parents of the students who would be attending these schools could afford the hefty tuition fees as is needed for these other ethnic schools this probably wouldn’t be an issue. They would have their own funding.

    I think the emphasis in these schools would not be totally “black” everything but a regular elementary ciriculum with an addition of more ehnic and cultural heritage and history.

    Remember Jewish parents have the choice to send their kids to Jewish schools just as Black parents too would have that choice. With that in mind i think it would not be segregation but another option for people in a very diverse society.

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